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Daily News Digest – January 10, 2019

Presented by the Alliance for Alabama’s Infrastructure


Good morning! Here’s your Daily News for Thursday, January 10.


1. Trump to border.

  • President Donald Trump is taking the shutdown battle to the U.S.-Mexico border, seeking to bolster his case for the border wall after negotiations with Democrats blew up again.
  • Trump got up and left a meeting with congressional leaders Wednesday as efforts to end the partial government shutdown stalled further.
  • “I said bye-bye,” he tweeted soon after.
  • During his stop Thursday in McAllen, Texas, Trump will visit a border patrol station for a roundtable and get a security briefing on the border.
  • McAllen is located in the Rio Grande Valley, the busiest part of the border for illegal border crossings.
  • The unraveling talks on Capitol Hill prompted further speculation about whether Trump would declare a national emergency and try to authorize the wall on his own if Congress won’t approve the money he’s seeking.
  • “I think we might work a deal, and if we don’t I might go that route,” he said.
  • The partial government shutdown is about to get real for affected federal employees. Tomorrow (Friday) is the day they’ll start losing paychecks.
  • Read more HERE.


2. Speaker talks rules, roads, & other House priorities.

  • House Speaker Mac McCutcheon said the House GOP’s plan to change the operating rules and limit debate for Special Order Calendars was intended to hasten discussion on actual issues and prevent stalling tactics.
  • McCutcheon spoke to reporters after the House adjourned its organizational session.
  • Asked why he felt it was important to pursue the rule change, McCutcheon said he wants House floor debates to be about issues and legislation, not stalling tactics over process.
  • “As Speaker, I feel like my job is to make sure ever representative has the opportunity to represent their district and represent the people of their district. I enjoy a healthy debate on an issue. I’m not much filibuster – I’lll just be honest with you,” he said.
  • “When you have an eight hour day, and every Special Order is being debated for two hours, it takes away from your opportunity to debate a piece of legislation.”
  • Asked if he felt members of the House were satisfied with the compromise, McCutcheon said Republicans and Democrats differed while finding common ground.
  • ‘Todd, I think that depends on what party you’re in.”
  • “I think at the end of the day we found a compromise that would be fair. Everybody is not going to be 100 percent happy, but I think overall the majority felt good about what we did.”
  • McCutcheon also discussed what he saw as priorities for the upcoming Regular Session, including clarifying the ethics code, finding ways to fund prisons, school safety, a potential lottery, and raising gas tax revenue to help pay for improving infrastructure.
  • Read more and watch Speaker McCutcheon’s full comments HERE (and please forgive the iPhone video).


A message from

The Alliance for Alabama’s Infrastructure

The Alliance for Alabama’s Infrastructure  welcomes members of the Alabama Legislature back to the Capital City for the 2019 Organizational Session.
Thank you for your commitment to serving Alabama and working on behalf of the people to solve problems.
As you know, one critical problem all Alabamians deal with daily is our crumbling roads and bridges. The Alliance looks forward to continuing a conversation about how smart investments in transportation infrastructure can protect and create jobs and increase Alabama’s economic competitiveness.
Did you know:  In a 2017 national survey of corporate executives, highway accessibility was ranked as the  #1 most important factor  when a company selects a new site.
Click HERE to learn more about the growing statewide effort to #FixALRoads .



3. Senate Committees Announced.

  • Alabama Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh (R-Anniston) has announced committee assignments ahead of the upcoming 2019 Regular Session.
  • Marsh said the Committee on Assignments had worked to match Senators with panels that complemented their skills and interests.
  • “I look forward to working with these members in the upcoming session. There are some tough issues facing the state and I believe these committees and their members are best equipped to address these issues in a way that benefits the people of Alabama,” Marsh said.
  • Senate Minority Leader Bobby Singleton (D-Greensboro) said he appreciated the way the Republican majority handled the committee assignments.
  • “Because we are in the minority we’re only going to get so many seats on committees,” Singleton said. However, I think what has been done was fair based on the percentage of people that we have.”
  • There were few changes in chairmanships. As expected, Sen. Greg Albritton takes over Ways & Means General Fund. Also, Sen. Clyde Chambliss will chair Local Legislation (LL1) and Sen. Tom Butler returns to chair Military and Veterans Affairs.
  • Read the full list of committee assignments HERE.


4. Cold case bill signed into law.

  • President Donald Trump has signed a bill into law sponsored by Sen. Doug Jones and Sen. Ted Cruz to provide public access to unsolved civil rights crime documents.
  • The Civil Rights Cold Case Records Collection Act requires the review, declassification, and release of government records related to unsolved criminal civil rights cases.
  • “This moment has been years in the making,” Jones said upon enactment of the bill.
  • “I want to thank my colleagues Senator Ted Cruz and Congressman Bobby Rush for their strong partnership throughout this effort, which started with a group of talented high school students who encountered a problem and wanted to find a solution. I am excited that their classroom idea and the solution we worked on together has now been signed into law by the President of the United States.”
  • The legislation was actually first created by students from Hightstown High School in Hightstown, New Jersey and their teacher, Mr. Stuart Wexler. The bill is modeled after the President John F. Kennedy, Jr. Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992, which created an orderly and effective process for reviewing, declassifying, and releasing thousands of documents related to the assassination of President Kennedy.
  • Read more from ADN’s Caroline Beck HERE.


5. Smoking ban goes into effect.

  • The sugar-white sand in Gulf Shores is Alabama’s most popular half-mile stretch of public beachfront.
  • This area also is undergoing $15 million in renovations and city officials want to keep it looking nice.
  • So city officials adopted a wide-ranging list of regulations that included an Alabama first: The public beachfront will be smoke-free.
  • Alabama has 52 miles of beaches, which includes state property and Mobile and Baldwin counties. Dauphin Island, Orange Beach and Gulf Shores have jurisdiction over the most popular public beach spots that fuel a significant chunk of Alabama’s $14.3 billion tourism industry.
  • The smoke-free public beach in Alabama is part of an ordinance that also bans pets, fireworks, alcoholic beverages, open fires, drones, and laser pointers. The ordinance makes exceptions for service animals.
  • Read the full story from John Sharp HERE.


Bonus: Skip Tucker.

  • Skip Tucker is back this week with a column about family tradition.
  • Sometimes those traditions might not seem all that traditional, he writes.
  • After the passing of his dear friend, Prof. Carmelo Astilla, Skip recalls the ways in which “Melo” made America home for himself and his family.
  • Here’s an excerpt:
“Ultimately he brought the rest of the family to the N’Awlins area: Fernando, Fenita, Carmelo, Sonia, Manuel, Marling and Ernie. Ernie I never met. He got here only to be claimed as a young man by Louisiana waters.
“Here they struggled. And they studied. And they worked. And they married. After marriage, they worked and studied harder.
“The families and their tradition now includes doctors, a dentist, a lawyer, nurses and pros in the medical field across the country, a computer expert and top level business execs. There are pharmaceutical folks. There’s a classical pianist and also a professional opera singer. And another teacher of history, with straightline DNA. These people are wildly talented, merry and bright.
“This is important to me and therefore perhaps to those intelligent, clever, insightful people who read my stuff – important I say, due to the fact that the lawyer and I married. Furthering the family tradition, she earned degrees from LSU, Duke and Notre Dame.
“Sometimes I ask her to use small words so I can sort of catch on to what she’s saying…”
  • Read Skip’s full column HERE.



ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Alabama Senate committee membership announced
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Speaker McCutcheon talks rule debate, House priorities
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Trump’s border visit comes as shutdown talks fall apart
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Holocaust group sought reconsideration of Angela Davis honor
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Alabama bans smoking on public beach
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Skip Tucker: Family Tradition
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Federal employees affected by partial government shutdown can apply for unemployment compensation
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Jones-Cruz civil rights cold case bill signed by Trump
AL.COM – Former Alabama lawmaker Ed Henry files notice of guilty plea
AL.COM – Pioneering black Catholic bishop from Alabama has died
AL.COM – Birmingham Holocaust Center asked BCRI to ‘reconsider’ Davis honor, yet ‘happy’ to meet activist
AL.COM – Columnist Kyle Whitmire:  The calamitous rise and fall of Larry Langford
AL.COM – Columnist John Archibald:  Larry Langford had feet of clay, head in the stars
AL.COM – Columnist Roy Johnson:  I never met Larry Langford, but wish I had
AL.COM – Maori Davenport ruling: Bill would tighten oversight of Alabama High School Athletic Association
AL.COM – Hepatitis outbreak in North Alabama investigated; officials warn it could spread
AL.COM – How the shutdown is hurting America’s aerospace, defense industries
AL.COM – Airbus lists first jobs for new assembly line in Mobile
AL.COM – Government shutdown prompts FDA to reduce food inspections
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – Former Alabama representative to plead guilty in medical kickback scheme
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – Corrections’ prison design contract draws legislators’ criticism
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – Legislative leaders look to gauge members’ feelings on gas tax
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – 40 years later, Jere Beasley recalls legal giant’s humble beginnings
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – Montgomery County Commission Chair Elton Dean announces run for mayor
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – To LaDonna Brendle, Community Hero award belongs to more than her
YELLOWHAMMER NEWS – Red Tail Scholarship Foundation honors legacy of Tuskegee Airmen
YELLOWHAMMER NEWS – Shelby selected to first full term as powerful appropriations chair
YELLOWHAMMER NEWS – Alabama Senate committee assignments announced
DOTHAN EAGLE – Dothan man accused of firing on officers remains in jail with no bond
DOTHAN EAGLE – Father charged with murder in infant son’s death denied bond
DOTHAN EAGLE – 10-year-old Slocomb girl receives heart transplant
TUSCALOOSA NEWS – Sheriff: Alabama woman dies in accidental shooting on hunting trip
TUSCALOOSA NEWS – Alabama’s Jalen Hurts takes steps toward transferring; DL Raekwon Davis returning
TUSCALOOSA NEWS – Big rivalry, big test ahead for Alabama women’s basketball
DECATUR DAILY – Council considering ban of e-cigarettes in public buildings
DECATUR DAILY – Foreclosure next for embattled former House leader
DECATUR DAILY – New Morgan sheriff to add PIO position to his staff
TIMES DAILY – Sheffield High takes state win in national STEM competition
TIMES DAILY – Jail talks should include 3 cities
TIMES DAILY – Robbery conviction, sentence affirmed
ANDALUSIA STAR NEWS – Flu widespread in state
ANDALUSIA STAR NEWS – FINISHING TOUCHES: Jack’s plans opening on Jan. 21
ANDALUSIA STAR NEWS – Recent PT graduate headed to Alaska
TROY MESSENGER – On the mat: Charles Henderson’s newest sport starts today
TROY MESSENGER – Reports: Chip Lindsey expected to be Troy’s next coach
TROY MESSENGER – ‘LIFT EVER ONWARD’: Academy Street redesign report revealed
THE ANNISTON STAR – George Smith: Bill Clark: Fruit from the tree
THE ANNISTON STAR – Heflin in good shape financially, council hears
THE ANNISTON STAR – Anniston council splits vote for architect in City Hall move
GADSDEN TIMES – Rhea retiring after three decades on the bench
GADSDEN TIMES – Open top trash containers available Feb. 2
GADSDEN TIMES – Boaz school board addresses various issues
OPELIKA-AUBURN NEWS – Goodwill Career Center to host multi-employer career fair
OPELIKA-AUBURN NEWS – Opelika police: One injured in Tuesday night shooting
OPELIKA-AUBURN NEWS – Woman killed during hunting trip near Lake Martin
CULLMAN TIMES – Arrests, incidents reports for Jan. 8, 2019
CULLMAN TIMES – Former state Rep. Ed Henry to plead guilty
CULLMAN TIMES – Temperature to drop into 20s
SHELBY COUNTY REPORTER – Registration begins for Pelham youth baseball, softball
SHELBY COUNTY REPORTER – New tax laws will be discussed at Pelham Business Council meeting
SHELBY COUNTY REPORTER – Warrior Express Texaco opens on Highway 119
THE MADISON RECORD – First of three Crossroads IGA stores now open in Madison
THE MADISON RECORD – Women’s Job Corps readies for spring classes
DAILY MOUNTAIN EAGLE – O’Mary: Wi-Fi, recharging station being looked at
DAILY MOUNTAIN EAGLE – Dream Center helping people to achieve their goals
DAILY MOUNTAIN EAGLE – Council approves town clerk training
NEW YORK TIMES – Trump Storms Out of White House Meeting With Democrats on Shutdown
NEW YORK TIMES – Washington’s Strong Economy, Financed by Taxpayers, Takes a Hit From Shutdown
NEW YORK TIMES – Rod Rosenstein Expected to Leave Justice Dept. Once Attorney General Is Confirmed
WASHINGTON POST – Trump walks out of shutdown negotiations after Democrats reject wall money, calls meeting ‘total waste of time’
WASHINGTON POST – Trump wants his wall. Texas politicians, even some Republicans, are skeptical.
WASHINGTON POST – Border Protection officers sue Trump administration to get pay missed during shutdown
USA TODAY – Kim Jong Un hopes second summit with Trump will achieve results ‘welcomed by the international community’
USA TODAY – He allegedly thought he stole a $10K lotto ticket from his roommate. It was actually worth $10 million, police say
USA TODAY – Half the 600,000 residents aided by NYC Care are undocumented immigrants
POLITICO – Top Bernie Sanders 2016 adviser accused of forcibly kissing subordinate
POLITICO – Business ‘alarm’ at Brexit impasse, says UK minister
POLITICO – Klobuchar says she was denied Barr meeting before hearing because of shutdown

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